Bonjour, Blogger! : Erin
Blog URL comadiary
What is your blog about?
comadiary is an art and inspiration lifestyle blog that discusses topics such as the creative genius, personal aesthetics and other creative subjects.
comadiary also showcases the personal work of Erin who is a fine artist and regularly exhibits her work.
Is this your first blog?
I have been blogging since I knew how to, I first started on a local site called unscene.co.uk and then moved to livejournal, I had various livejournals for years, and they are still there floating about in the internet, very embarrassing for me!
When did you start your current blog?
I started comadiary in 2011 and it went from blogger to self hosted very quickly.
What made you do it?
I wanted to document how graduating in fine art felt and how to place myself in the art world – and obviously provide a platform for my art works. This has changed quite dramatically over the years and I’ve learnt a lot during the process.
What was your first blog post about?
My first post is rather short and if it were to be spoken I think it would sound like a whisper, I didn’t want to use my real name or names of people I knew. I mentioned a trip a friend and I took, and how I had this weird relationship with a boy and how it was all inconsequential.
What do you think is the most useful tool to you as a blogger?
Being able to take constructive criticism well. I think we can all learn so much and I think that’s important as it allows us room to grow.
Do people in your real life know about your blog? If yes, has your blog helped you career wise?
I’m not sure how my blog has helped my career, I think it has allowed me a far wider reach, and I’ve connected with some amazing and wonderful people that constantly amaze and inspire me.
What has been the one thing (blog post, project, etc) that you have been really proud of?
I have just completed papergirl Hastings and that has made me very proud. I documented the project on my blog and spoke about why I did it and the ethos behind the ideas.
papergirl which is originally an idea from Berlin has become an open-source project and it allows so many people to get involved, it’s just something I really believe in and really enjoyed working on.
Where do you see your blog in a year?
I’d like to have my readership continue to grow (who doesn’t though?) and to also still be creating content that I’m proud of, I’m pretty sure there are a few other things too, but those are the main ones.
What do you wish you knew when starting your blog? What do you wish you know more about now?
HTML/CSS/PHP I’m not a designer and I wrote a post all about it, computer code confuses me and I wish I knew more about it when I started and also more about now, it’s one of those things that has a steep learning curve it seems, although I might be wrong.
How do you keep motivated to post?
Most of my posts come from things I’ve experienced, so providing I keep leaving the house and doing things I generally find things that I want to share, even if they are just pretty photos. Sometimes I’ll see something really inspiring and I’ll share that (I generally try to share some type of inspiration weekly). Sometimes I want to show of what I’m wearing… it does happen occasionally.
And sometimes I talk about what’s been going on in my life.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I love blogging and the blogging friends I’ve made, there seems like such a wealth of information out there, it’s amazing.